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Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...

Corporate Opportunities

Corporate Opportunities

Does the Rule Apply to Real Estate? If you invest in and/or syndicate real estate what are the duties to your investors? You owe them a duty of loyalty. But how far does that go? The issue of corporate opportunities is important. I wrote a whole chapter on it (from...

A General Partnership is an Ugly Entity

If you thought Sole Proprietorships were bad, just wait. The General Partnership really is the ugliest entity.

A General Partnership offers no asset protection and doubles the liability because you are also responsible for your partner’s mistakes.

Unlike a Sole Proprietorship, a General Partnership requires two owners or partners. Unfortunately, like a Sole Proprietorship, a General Partnership, offers no asset protection. Again, there is no charter from the state, no legal separateness and, accordingly, no protection.

A partnership can be formed with a simple handshake between two or more people who agree to work together. You don’t need a partnership agreement or any sort of written document. Such a loose agreement also leaves no paper trail for the partners to go back to when things go south. When partners become adversaries and there’s no written partnership agreement in place, the laws of the state in which the partnership was formed take precedence, and the partners are left without any choice in the matter. Similarly, if one partner leaves, dies or goes bankrupt, the partnership is terminated and the partners are liable for the company’s debts and obligations.

I will not set up a General Partnership, ever. Not only is there too much liability but it requires a great deal of document drafting. A general partnership agreement includes, at minimum:

    • Type of business
    • Finance requirements (the amount each partner is expected to contribute to financing the company up front)
    • Rights and duties (what is expected of each partner)
    • Dispute resolution procedures
    • Compensation (the method of sharing profits and losses)
    • System authorizing cash withdrawals and salaries
    • Termination procedures (how the partnership will be dissolved if it becomes necessary)

For all the time and energy it takes to set up an ugly entity, you might as well set up a good one.

The above is an excerpt from my book Run Your Own Corporation. Click here to purchase the full book.

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Are You a California Resident?

Are You a California Resident?

Many people believe that as long as they are outside the state of California for six months and a day they are not residents of California. And thus don’t have to pay California’s high income taxes. But the state of California is both broke and arrogant. And they make the rules the way they want.

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

Design Your Asset Protection Plan

You design a lot of things in your life. The layout of your house, the flow of your business, the requirements on your children, and many more scenarios are all elements of conscious design. Asset protection is no different. There is an architecture, a cohesive...